It’s been a long old haul from late September to now, with too much time for all that wound-licking, but if ever evidence were needed that a new year of football action is once again with us it’s got to be with the welcome return of match reports on a Monday morning. They’re back and here they are.
Because it’s only the FBD, there isn’t either the volume or the depth that comes with matches that really matter. Still, beggars can’t be choosers and all that and because we had the two matches this weekend there’s a double dose of match reports.
If you want some pictures to go along with the words, then you might want to check out Mayo Mick’s collection of photos from the game (a few of which I used last night in Mike’s match report) and also Inpho’s match gallery.
By the way, I’ve now started the process of collating the year’s results, with links to all available match reports. For now, these will reside in the page that sits behind the ‘2014 Results’ tab but in the fullness of time the page will take its rightful place within the Results Archive. I’ve noticed a few of you scratching your heads in the comments in recent days about past selections (e.g. the extent to which we experimented in last year’s FBD etc.) but, of course, there’s no need to be testing your memories on such matters as all the info you want is there at your fingertips in the archive.
While we’re still on the topic of match reports, I’d like to express my thanks to Mike Kelly for his reports on the weekend’s two matches, both of which landed in my inbox so rapidly I hadn’t even the chance by then to put together line-up and scorer details to go with them. A man could get used to this kind of service – thanks a million Mike.
Finally, also in today’s papers, there’s a piece in today’s Indo with James Horan where he expresses his reservations on the black card, specifically its inconsistent implementation by referees. I’m at one with James on this – as things stand there’s zero consistency in refereeing, not just from one ref to another but also how different teams are reffed. Chucking into this already chaotic situation a requirement for a ref to have to determine the difference between accidental and deliberate fouling is a road that can only end in an utter shambles, which is where we’re undoubtedly heading with this black card business.